The poetic and tragic story of the unrequited love of the water nymph Rusalka
The State OperaApproximate running time
3 hours 10 minutes, 2 intermission 20 minutesLanguage
In Czech, subtitles in English, CzechPremiere
May 5, 2005
A classic fairy tale
Antonín Dvořák based his most beautiful opera on the fairy tale The Little Mermaid by the renowned Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen. Applying plot elements of the story, the Czech author Jaroslav Kvapil conceived one of the most poetic librettos there is.
State Opera Chorus
State Opera Orchestra
State Opera Ballet
The fruit of the collaboration between the two great creators, Antonín Dvořák and Jaroslav Kvapil, who were close as artists and friends alike, was a magical, dreamy story of the great, unfulfilled desire of the water nymph Rusalka, a work in which Dvořák’s musical genius reached its apex. The fairy-tale atmosphere inspired the composer to create singular, impressionistic music replete with melodic imagination and masterful instrumentation, a suggestive expression of the play of waves and the reflection of moonlight on the surface of a lake, as well as the overwhelming magic of a fairy-tale dream.
Since its premiere in 2005, the production of Rusalka directed by the distinguished Czech film-maker Zdeněk Troška, has been one of the most popular titles performed at the State Opera.
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